Les Années Psychédélique – Part 2: La Responsable – Jacques Dutronc. Or, Vive Le Morrissey’s French, Spiritual Forefather. The Bastard.

First things first: I am enormously, feather-spittingly, cripplingly jealous of Jacques Dutronc. Second, my suspicion is that, despite Morrissey’s stated admiration for the work of Hattie Jacques, it’s this Jacques who he really had something in common with, at least in terms of this – absolutely cracking single. To draw a rough analogy in terms…

Nacht Yacht Rock #5 $1000 Wedding – Gram Parsons

I’ve already mentioned that I started writing these posts about songs that turned out to not constitute Yacht Rock before I realised what Yacht Rock was and that I didn’t like Yacht Rock – well, hardly any.  I thought Yacht Rock just meant MOR Country & Western records.  Where I got that idea, I don’t…

Finger Pointing Songs: part 1. Like A Rolling Stone. Or, Bob Villain?

The idea that there are only about – depending on who you believe – three, five, seven or however many basic story plots that have ever existed is always being bandied about.  Reductionism isn’t difficult – I don’t know why they don’t go further and say that there’s only one: somebody does something.  The same…

I’m Sticking With Lou. Or, Velvet Common Ground.

The Velvet Underground can’t have invented everything.  Even though sometimes it seems a bit like they did. They can’t have because they only started putting records out in 1967 and, by that time, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band had been released and The Beatles had already invented everything.  Well, not everything maybe,…